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post #31 of 62 Old 01-31-2013, 06:22 AM
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^^ Exactly. Call them and talk to them. If your horses are taken care of I wouldn't be so concerned. Noone can help that there are crazy folks all around who call authorities over nothing....they DO eventually get a "crying wolf" reputation, and the authorities pay them little attention.

We had the health department called once because of the "odor" of out barn......the cow farmer up the road had just spread manure...and the suburbanites thought it was our horses, so they called. They came, looked around, decided that our barn was cleaner than most houses, and left.

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post #32 of 62 Old 01-31-2013, 07:24 AM
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Was it County Animal Control that came out or was it SPCA?

SPCA is a Private Organization and has Zero authority to come onto Private Property without the owners permission.

If it was the County Animal Control, most likely they can come onto the property without permission, at least in GA it is that way.

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post #33 of 62 Old 01-31-2013, 07:58 AM Thread Starter
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If I were you, I'd call the SPCA and talk to them about it, if nothing else it should set your mind at ease.
my moms calling today and hopfully that will be the end of it.
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post #34 of 62 Old 01-31-2013, 09:26 AM
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I know nothing of the laws on this, but could you just call them and ask why they were there?

ETA: Sorry, I didn't make it to the last page before posting, will be interested to hear what they say when your mom calls.

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post #35 of 62 Old 01-31-2013, 09:36 AM
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FWIW...one of my neighbors reported that our dog "Dan" was starved, beaten, injured and in need of immediate vet care. The lady from animal control left her office at 6AM hoping to catch us unprepared. She found a dog who had bacon bits on his food, because he refused to eat without toppings. She ended up making a notice on the complaint that the dog was in "outstanding" health...said if the complaint hadn't been anonymous, we'd have ground for suing someone.

I suspect the caller was the same neighbor who filed so many bogus zoning complaints against us that the county put her on a "do not respond" list. Some people are just vicious.

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post #36 of 62 Old 01-31-2013, 09:37 AM
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Agree - call whoever it was that came out and discuss it with them
A lot of non horsey people have no clue about how horses live. If one of mine lies down in sight of the road for any length of time I can bet I'll have someone calling to tell me I have dead horse.
The only problem I can possibly think of is what are your zoning laws there? I know its something that's rarely checked up on but someone being spiteful might do it if the field looks muddy they might push that you have more horses per acre than your zoning rule allows.
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post #37 of 62 Old 01-31-2013, 09:52 AM
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If AC (not the SPCA) didn't leave you any notices about your animals or property, you're in the clear.

County ACs can and do come onto properties without warrants, but if you want to be an ass and demand one, they'll get one.

Why is it that people are always screaming 'call AC!!!!' when someone notices something they don't like, but when the shoe is on the other foot they get indignant? AC isn't out to get you, and if your animals are in good health and obviously cared for properly, they're going to close the case and go on about their business.

Sure, some folks call out of spite, but others may be doing it out of genuine concern, although rather ignorant of how livestock are treated. Wouldn't you rather have AC investigate and find nothing wrong, than them ignore a real problem?

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post #38 of 62 Old 01-31-2013, 12:22 PM
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Animal control would have to notify you if they were going to take action against you. It is their responsibility to check out any claims - I wouldn't worry too much unless they personally contact you. It helps when the local animal control has any horse experience... if they saw that your horses had access to shelter and fresh water, and were not starved, I'm sure they just went about their business and don't plan on coming back. People who know nothing about horses don't understand that often, if given the choice (as in, they have a run-in shelter, etc), horses will choose to stand in rain and muck... good luck!
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If AC (not the SPCA) didn't leave you any notices about your animals or property, you're in the clear.

County ACs can and do come onto properties without warrants, but if you want to be an ass and demand one, they'll get one.

Why is it that people are always screaming 'call AC!!!!' when someone notices something they don't like, but when the shoe is on the other foot they get indignant? AC isn't out to get you, and if your animals are in good health and obviously cared for properly, they're going to close the case and go on about their business.

Sure, some folks call out of spite, but others may be doing it out of genuine concern, although rather ignorant of how livestock are treated. Wouldn't you rather have AC investigate and find nothing wrong, than them ignore a real problem?
Funny how that works, eh?
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post #40 of 62 Old 01-31-2013, 12:47 PM
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me and my friends at a do it yourself barn had the SPCA come out because people driving by thought we had hoods on the horses head ( fly masks) and they could not see -when I ride with a quiet ride fly mask people ask me why do I have the my horse's eyes covered some people do not know and other have nothing to do all day -If all is good with your horse them show them how proud you are to show them the care you give your horses
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